SHOOTERS, Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Robert Borsak has welcomed the resignation of NSW Premier Mike Baird in a media statement released on Thursday afternoon.
Borsak has firmly opposed many of Baird’s policies, one of which was the NSW greyhound racing ban announced in July 2016.
Despite public backlash forcing him to backflip on the ban, Borsak has still made his disdain for several Baird government decisions made abundantly clear.
“Mike Baird’s retirement is welcomed by the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party,” Borsak said.
“While we have generally supported this Government’s mandate over the last few years, what we are now witnessing is the culmination of a number of very bad decisions.
“Those decisions relating to the sale of poles and wires which could have been handled differently, forced council amalgamations, the banning of the greyhound racing industry, and now the theft of crown lands in New South Wales is what has ultimately cost Mike Baird his job.
“We have always opposed these policies, and with the election of Philip Donato MP in Orange late last year, the Premier’s retirement is a continuation of a major change in New South Wales politics.”
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley also spoke out in regards to Baird’s resignation, stating his retirement from politics will not change the opposition’s role moving forward.
“I think the job for me and my team hasn’t changed – to hold this government to account. This government needs more than a new premier – it needs a new direction,” Foley said.
“I want to thank Mike Baird for his service to NSW – to serve as the Premier for Australia’s largest state is the greatest of honours. He has worked as Premier and as Treasurer of NSW – today we reflect that Mr Baird has rendered substantial service to NSW life.
“I want to wish Mike Baird and his lovely family all the best for the future.”
Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party Gladys Berejiklian is expected to become the next Premier of NSW, with a party room meeting set to confirm her appointment early next week.
She has been installed as the $1.30 favourite to replace Mike Baird with leading online bookmaker Sportsbet.
“According to the betting, the job is Gladys Berejiklian’s to lose and she will be a clear winner in the spill,” said Sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
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